Big 12 No. 1 vs. No. 2 in Lawrence Monday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 23, 2014
No. NR/25 Oklahoma (20-7, 9-5) at No. 5/6 Kansas (21-6, 12-2)
 Date & Tip Time Monday, Feb. 24 at 8:05 p.m. CT
 Location Lawrence, Kan. | Allen Fieldhouse
 Radio Sooner Radio Network 
KRXO 107.7 FM in Oklahoma City
KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
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 Game Info Game Notes (PDF)

It’s second place versus first place Monday when Oklahoma (20-7, 9-5) travels north to take on Big 12 leader Kansas (21-6, 12-2) at 8 p.m. CT inside Allen Fieldhouse.  The Sooners, who have won three of their last four and are tied with Iowa State and Texas for second place in the league, are ranked No. 25 in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll. They are coming off a convincing 86-73 home win over Kansas State on Saturday (led by 27).  The Jayhawks, winners of three straight, improved to 13-1 at home with their 85-54 victory over Texas on Saturday.  They are ranked No. 5 in the AP Top 25 poll and No. 6 in the USA Today coaches version.    

Monday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM "The Franchise" in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Toby Rowland and Mike Houck calling the action.  The game will be televised by ESPN with Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe announcing. 

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• Kansas is the only Big 12 program with a winning record against Oklahoma.  The Jayhawks own a 140-65 series lead and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings after OU had won four of six.  KU holds a 71-16 series record in Lawrence and has won the last 12 matchups there.  OU’s last win inside Allen Fieldhouse came in 1993 (80-77) when Billy Tubbs was head coach.  Senior point guard Terry Evans went 6-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 26 points.  OU never trailed in the second half against the sixth-ranked Jayhawks.  KU had won 20 straight Big Eight games prior to the defeat.

• In Oklahoma’s 90-83 home loss to then-No. 18 Kansas on Jan. 8, the Jayhawks shot 54.7 percent from the field, the highest mark allowed by the Sooners this season.  OU led 43-39 before KU finished the first half on an 11-1 run to lead 50-44 at the break, and the Jayhawks never trailed after that.  The Sooners had outrebounded their previous six foes by an average of 9.7 a game, but KU posted a 14-board advantage on the night.  OU senior forward Cameron Clark matched a career high with 32 points on 10-for-18 field goal shooting and 12-for-16 free throw shooting, and sophomore guard Buddy Hield added 18 points.  Freshman guard Wayne Selden led KU with 24 points (5-for-10 from behind the arc).

• At 8-4, Oklahoma and Iowa State are tied for the best record away from home among Big 12 team this season (OU is 4-3 in true road games and 4-1 at neutral sites).  The Sooners are 4-3 in Big 12 road games after going 3-6 last season and a combined 2-16 the previous two years.  Hield is averaging 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in Big 12 road play while shooting .495 from the field and .443 from long range (27-for-61).

• On the year, OU is the only Big 12 team with six players who have each made at least 20 3-pointers.  Iowa State has five players who have made at least 20 treys and West Virginia has four.  Every other team has three or fewer players who have reached 20 makes.  Hield leads OU with 70 3-pointers and is followed by Frank Booker (34), Clark (28), Tyler Neal (27), Isaiah Cousins (26) and Jordan Woodard (22).  The Sooners lead the Big 12 with their 8.9 3-pointers per conference game. 

• Oklahoma is the only team in the country to start the same lineup every game this season AND have all five of those players average double figures in scoring (Hield 16.7, Clark 15.2, Woodard 11.0, Cousins 10.5 and Ryan Spangler 10.3).  The quintet has accounted for 77 percent of the team’s points on the year.  No other Big 12 team has started the same lineup every game this season.

• In a battle of Big 12 third-place teams, Oklahoma shot .509 from the field, .435 (10-for-23) from 3-point range and .769 (20-for-26) from the free throw line in a dominating 86-73 home win over Kansas State on Saturday.  OU led by as many as 27 in the second half.

• OU’s 86 points tied as the most given up by Kansas State in regulation in Big 12 play this season (Kansas also scored 86 at home). K-State entered the game leading the league in field goal percentage defense (.399) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.280).

• Ahead 17-12, Oklahoma used a 21-2 run over a five-minute span to go ahead 38-14 with 4:03 left in the first half.  OU led 41-22 at halftime and outscored K-State 17-2 off turnovers in the first 20 minutes (three turnovers to KSU’s 10).

• Sophomore guard Buddy Hield led OU in scoring for the sixth time in the last 10 games with 18 points on 6-for-11 field goal and 3-for-6 3-point shooting. He added three rebounds, four assists and a game-high three steals.  It was his 10th game of at least three treys in 14 league outings.

• After being shut out in OU’s previous game at Oklahoma State (0-for-8 field goal shooting), sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins was 6-for-11 from the field and finished with 17 points (third highest career total), four assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

• Senior forward Cameron Clark had just two points in the first meeting against Kansas State on 1-for-9 shooting.  On Saturday, Clark was 5-for-9 from the floor and tallied 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

• Jordan Woodard broke a two-game mini slump (averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 assists) with 10 points, five assists and only one turnover in 23 minutes. The freshman point guard was 2-for-3 from 3-point range and made all four of his free throw attempts.

• After going 9-4 in the pre-conference portion of its schedule, No. 8/8 Kansas has gone 12-2 in Big 12 play and is looking to clinch at least a tie of its 10th straight outright or shared conference crown Monday.  The Jayhawks, who began the year with a 5-0 record and rose to No. 2 in the AP poll before dropping to No. 18 in early January, have won their last three games and five of their last six.  They’re coming off an 85-54 home victory over Texas on Saturday.  In Big 12 play, KU leads the league in scoring offense (81.5 ppg), field goal percentage (.513) and rebounding margin (+8.2), and ranks second in scoring defense (69.9), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.371) and fifth in free throw percentage (.718).

• Three of Kansas’ top four scorers are freshmen and the other is a sophomore.  Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins leads the way with his 16.4 points a contest (ranks ninth in Big 12) while also averaging 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists.  The preseason all-conference pick is shooting .452 from the field and .358 from 3-point range (.400 in league play).  Sophomore Perry Ellis is averaging 13.4 points on .541 shooting, as well as 6.5 boards a game.  Freshman center Joel Embiid, who is from Cameroon, contributes 11.1 points (shooting .625) and team highs of 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.  Guard Wayne Selden Jr., another freshman, averages 10.1 points and 2.7 assists while shooting .347 from behind the arc.

• Bill Self is in his 11th year as Kansas’ head coach and owns a 321-65 record there.  He is in his 21st year overall (528-170).

• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma paces all squads with its .764 free throw percentage.  The Big 12 single-season record for conference play is .798 by OU in 2002.  The Sooners have shot better from the free throw line than their opponent in 12 of 14 Big 12 games.

• OU leads the Big 12 with its 8.9 3-pointers per conference game.  It is averaging 10.5 makes over the last four outings.

• After averaging 70.6 points per game last season, this year’s Sooners are averaging 82.8 points to rank 12th nationally.  The last time OU averaged more than 80.0 points per game for an entire season was in 1994-95 (81.7 ppg in Kelvin Sampson’s first year as head coach; see chart above right).

• Despite standing just 6-8, sophomore forward Ryan Spangler has won the opening tip in 17 of 27 games this year (also won tip in both of team’s overtime sessions).

• Spangler has recorded 14 double-digit rebounding games, compared to seven by last year’s entire roster.

• OU reached the 80-point mark seven times last season.  This year’s Sooners have already hit 80 points in 17 of 27 games.

• The Sooners have scored at least 40 points in 34 of 54 halves this season.  Last year, they scored 40 in a half 17 times all season.

• As a junior last year, Cameron Clark attempted one 3-point field goal (he made it).  This season, he is 28-for-60 (.467) from deep.

• Clark joined OU’s 1,000-point club Dec. 30 against Louisiana Tech and ranks 27th on the all-time scoring list with 1,179 points.

• Freshman Jordan Woodard ranks third in the Big 12 in free throw makes (134) and fourth in attempts (173).  Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, Woodard has attempted 10 or more free throws seven times.  Interestingly, 74 percent of his free throw attempts have come after halftime.  Woodard is averaging 11.0 points and 4.7 assists (leads all Big 12 freshmen and sophomores) while ranking sixth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) and seventh in free throw percentage (.775).  He enjoyed a five-game stretch from Jan. 25 through Feb. 8 where he averaged 15.0 points and 6.2 assists.

• After averaging 2.7 points last season and never scoring more than 10 points in a game prior to Nov. 22 of this year, sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins has scored in double figures in 14 of the last 24 contests.  Cousins shot .279 from the field and .250 (10 makes) from 3-point distance a year ago but is shooting .434 and .361 (26 makes) this season.

• Senior forward Tyler Neal registered no double-digit scoring efforts last season but has eight this year, including three in the last seven games (averaging 9.4 points in those seven).  He is shooting .456 from the field and .422 from 3-point range after shooting .214 and .261 last season.  In home games, he is 17-for-33 (.515) from 3-point range.

OU returns home to host No. 19/17 Texas on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.



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